Ever since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, sin and suffering has been a part of the existence of every human being.
God provided a remedy that makes forgiveness for sin and comfort in suffering possible through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Everyone who has come to Jesus Christ for salvation can view his own sin and the suffering he experiences living in a broken world in a much different light than his lost counterpart.
The fact that he is a “saint” informs him how to respond to his plight as a “sinner” and as a “sufferer.”
In a world that is increasingly hostile to God and His gospel, the church can itself expect the suffering to increase in these last days.
In addition to the coming persecutions, the economic downturns, the disintegration of the family, and the rising crime rate, the increase in dependencies upon drugs and mind-numbing experiences will bring new challenges to the church as it ministers to the hurting world around it.
The conference will equip God’s people to see their suffering, and the suffering of the world around them, with grace and truth. Join us for this 4th annual event on the campus of Bob Jones University.
Steve Pettit became the fifth president of BJU in May of 2014. An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees. He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980. Following his BJU graduation, both he and his wife, Terry, saw their calling in pastoral ministry and evangelism. For five years, Pettit served as youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan, before entering full-time evangelism. In the following 29 years, the Pettits traveled year-round in evangelism, conducting more than 800 campaigns, crusades and camps throughout the United States and preaching in 21 countries.
Layton Talbert holds a doctorate in theology and has taught seminary courses in Old and New Testament exposition, hermeneutics, New Testament theology, apologetics, the theology and practice of prayer, and the history and theology of religions. He has authored two books, “Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job” and “Not By Chance: Learning to Trust a Sovereign God,” and over 200 periodical articles, journal articles and book reviews. Layton is a contributing editor for Frontline Magazine and has taught and preached throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and New Zealand.
Steve Hankins has served on the faculty of Bob Jones University since 1975. His ministries have included preaching, teaching, providing pastoral counseling for the student body and authoring Bible textbooks. Since 2000 his administrative duties have included overseeing the faculty, students, academic programs, events and the publishing ministry of the Seminary. He currently serves as the Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Preaching at the Seminary.
While serving at BJU, he has held pastoral positions in several churches, including interim, associate and senior pastorates. Representing the University and Seminary, Dr. Hankins has preached in approximately 500 churches, evangelistic services, Bible and missions conferences, and camps. Evangelizing and training pastors, he has ministered in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Poland, Ukraine, Zambia, Israel, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
Sam Horn is BJU’s vice president for Ministerial Advancement as well as dean of the School of Religion and the Seminary. He returned to BJU in January 2015 having served as president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, since 2011. In addition, he previously held various academic and administrative positions at both BJU and Northland International University. In 2004 he became the senior pastor of Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where he served until accepting the presidency of Central Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Horn serves on the boards of Central Africa Bible College in Zambia, Africa; Worldwide Tentmakers International; and Gospel Fellowship Association and as academic advisor for Harvest Bible College in Guam.
Dr. Horn earned a BA in Bible (1986), an MA in Bible (1988) and a PhD in New Testament interpretation (1995) from BJU, and in 2007, completed a DMin in expository preaching from The Master’s Seminary in California.
Bobby McCoy began dating Sarah Spross while doing undergraduate studies at Bob Jones University. They were engaged to be married upon the completion of his seminary degree. In 1999, his final semester in seminary, Bobby was involved in a serious, life-changing car accident that left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. Bobby and Sarah were married a few months later. Bobby completed his MA in Pastoral Studies from the Seminary in 2000 and finished his Master of Divinity degree in 2003.
After serving as assistant pastor at Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for eleven years, Bobby became the senior pastor in 2015. He and Sarah have three children.
Bobby and Sarah have experienced God’s grace through great difficulty. His ministry burden is to help others find that God’s grace is sufficient during their trials as well.
Jim Berg has ministered at Bob Jones University for 40 years, primarily as dean of students from 1981–2010. During that time he also held conferences for pastors, and he and his wife travelled extensively holding marriage and family conferences and retreats. He has published eleven books, workbooks and numerous articles in Christian periodicals regarding leadership, counseling and discipleship. He serves now as a member of the BJU faculty.
He also serves as executive director for Freedom That Lasts®, a local church-based discipleship ministry to those struggling with addictions and hurtful life situations (www.FreedomThatLasts.com) and is a trustee for The WILDS Christian Camp and Conference Center.
Berg holds a BA in Bible (1974) and an MA in Theology (1976), both from Bob Jones University.
Pre-Conference Intro (BJU Chapel)
Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium
The Purpose of Suffering and the Gospel
“Bruised and broken by the fall” is the universal plight of mankind until the Savior makes all things new. Until that time what are the universal themes God wants His people to embrace and live out before the world because of the gospel?
Reception and Displays
Beyond Suffering—The Message of Job
What kind of people suffer? Who is responsible for my suffering? What dangers lurk in suffering’s shadow? What kinds of questions does it raise, about me and about God? And how does the Bible’s premier commentary on suffering—the book of Job—resolve those questions and help one move “beyond suffering”?
God’s Provision in Suffering: A Suffering and Sufficient Savior
Suffering isolates, and a believer’s gaze can turn inward in paralyzing fear and shame, and/or turn outward in blame-shifting, bitterness, and sinful responses. His gaze must be turned upward to one who “is touched with the feelings of our infirmities.” “Healing” God’s way looks very different from the world’s definition and processes.
Living Joyfully in Suffering (BJU Chapel)
Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium
Why do most people think that when suffering comes, joy must exit? Can the two exist together? Bobby will share his personal testimony of difficult circumstances and how God's grace is sufficient regardless of the situation. Unexplainable joy comes with a deep trust in God.
Kalmbach Room, Dining Common
Preparing the Shepherd to Minister to Suffering Sheep
What does the pastor learn from his own suffering that God intends to use to make him a more compassionate and scripture-aware minister to others who hurt?
Restoring our own Soul in Suffering
What does the believer do when his own soul is worn down by outward attacks, inward doubts, overwhelming demands, and the daily care of other hurting people in the church? What roles do the scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the community of the local assembly play in his own soul as he seeks to honor Christ with his responses in the midst of his own trials?
Bible Study with Logos
Mark Ward Jr.
Walk through a workflow in Logos Bible Software that will enable you to study Scripture, prepare sermons and write papers using the many tools available in Logos. Mark L. Ward Jr., PhD, (BJU, 2012) is a Logos Pro at Faithlife, where he serves the church by writing about digital Bible study for various blogs and email lists.